Aberdeen dog owner banned after border collie was so underfed his ‘bones were showing’

Aberdeen dog owner banned after border collie was so underfed his ‘bones were showing’
Aberdeen dog owner banned after border collie was so underfed his ‘bones were showing’

A man has been banned from owning dogs for three years after he starved his border collie so much his bones popped out.

Paul Kerr, 44, failed to provide proper, nutritional food for his dog, Molly, and did not seek veterinary advice.

The animal was found in poor condition at Kerr’s home in Clifton Road, Aberdeen, following a concerned call from a member of the public.

Molly was found “emaciated” by Scottish SPCA inspectors, who were able to feel her ribs and spine by running a hand along her body.

Detectives were able to feel his bones.

Kerr was banned from keeping dogs for three years and was fined £135 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on August 26.

Scottish SPCA inspector Fiona McKenzie said: ‘On September 17, 2019 we received a call from a concerned member of the public about a dog at an address on Clifton Road who was unfed properly.

“Paul Kerr was known to the Scottish SPCA as we visited the property in January 2017 following a similar complaint. At the time, Molly was underweight and her ribs and spine were visible.

“An animal welfare advisory has been issued and Kerr has been advised to take Molly to her local PDSA veterinary practice for regular weight checks and feeding advice. Kerr complied with the advice and when we last saw Molly in July 2017 she was in good physical condition.

“After a few attempts to contact Kerr, we finally managed to enter the property on September 20, 2019. Seeing Molly, it was visibly obvious that she was emaciated. Molly’s bones were visible and could be easily felt by running a hand along the dog. She appeared brilliant otherwise.

“Paul Kerr was asked if he had taken Molly to the vet recently and he said her PDSA registration was out of date and needed to be renewed. He claimed Molly received three to four meals a day consisting of wet and dry food, but often had diarrhoea.

“Molly was immediately removed from the property due to concerns for her welfare and taken to a vet to be examined. Blood tests were taken, but no underlying medical cause could be found for his weight loss.

“Molly was looked after by one of our animal rescue and placement centres, and when I checked on her six days later she had already gained 3lbs and her coat was shiny. She had no vomiting or diarrhea.

“Molly continued to gain weight without issue while she was in our care. She received no specialized treatment other than feeding an easily digestible diet.

“It was extremely disappointing to find Molly in such poor condition. Based on previous experience, Kerr should have known and recognized Molly’s weight loss and ensured she received adequate nutrition to prevent her from suffering.

“It’s incredibly concerning that Kerr didn’t learn from the first investigation in that he allowed it to happen again and Molly ended up in even worse shape than the first time.

“We are happy that Paul Kerr has been banned from keeping dogs for three years.

“However, at one point Molly’s weight was 15.85kg after our first procedure in 2017. Allowing her to lose 5kg and not acknowledge a problem or show concern is deeply worrying and we wish that he receives a longer ban.

“We hope Kerr will seriously consider her ability to care for any animal in the future.”

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